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Signs and Symptoms of Mental Illness

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Signs and Symptoms of Mental Illness

Mental illness is a disease which brings about a mild or severe disturbance in behaviors and thoughts resulting in a person being unable to cope with the regular routines and demands. There are over 200 categorized forms of mental illness. However, some of the common conditions are bipolar, depression, anxiety, dementia and schizophrenia disorders. Mental health can be connected to excessive stress caused by a specific situation or series of events. Just like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, mental illnesses are always physical as well as psychological and emotional.

The following are some of the indicators of mental illness:

  • Social withdrawal as well as loss of interest in others
  • Excessive worries, anxieties, and fears
  • Strong feelings of anger
  • Dramatic changes in sleeping and eating habits
  • Hallucinations
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Prolonged depression
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Poor grades in school

Despite the stigma that comes along with mental illnesses, an individual should seek help and therapy immediately as well as the right medication for that particular disorder.

How Can I Help a Loved One with Mental Illness?

Many families are not ready to cope with knowing their loved one has a mental illness. This moment can be emotionally and physically trying and this can make the family feel vulnerable when it comes to opinions and judgment. However, it is essential to show support and love to someone with mental illness. Additionally, research and education about the diagnosed mental illness can help a family better understand how to advocate for the affected love one.

What is the Treatment?

We believe mental illness treatment involves the use of antidepressants by the name SSRIs as well as behavioral therapy. If the SSRIs fail, then the patient is given other better depressants as well as different kinds of medications. For scenarios where medication offers no reprieve of symptoms, we may recommend Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. TMS is a non-invasive method for treating Major Depressive Disorder using targeted magnetic fields.

Can Mental Illness be Prevented?

Knowing the early signs as well as the developing symptoms of mental illness can help you take immediate steps to make a big difference. Early attention to signs and symptoms of mental illness can help with prevention as well as reducing negative impact to your life. If you or someone you love is suffering with mental illness, MidValley Healthcare can help. We offer individualized treatment plans to help prevent and treat mental illness.

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